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Research shows brain injury linked with dementia

A recent study indicated that traumatic brain injuries are linked to a higher risk for dementia in adults who are working age. However, no link was found between brain injury and the later onset of ALS or Parkinson's disease. The results of the research might play an important role in monitoring and rehabilitating patients with brain injuries in the long term in West Virginia and elsewhere.

The study involved combining multiple registers in another nation to monitor over 40,000 adults who were working age. These adults were monitored for 10 years. Researchers accounted for both socioeconomic status and level of education, in addition to considering that some patients with traumatic brain injuries may have been incorrectly diagnosed as having dementia as a result of the brain injuries themselves.

According to the World Health Organization, brain injury will be a major cause of long-term illness and death during the next decade. In fact, one percent of the U.S. population already suffers from brain injury-related disability. Brain injury is particularly problematic among middle-aged and young individuals.

Brain injury can easily happen due to a car accident or a slip-and-fall accident stemming from dangerous property conditions at a business in West Virginia, for example. Those who have suffered injuries to the brain due to the negligence of others have the right to file personal injury claims against these other parties, seeking damages. A monetary award in a successfully fought claim may help with covering medical costs and other losses related to the brain injury.

Source: sciencedaily.com, "Traumatic brain injury associated with dementia in working-age adults", July 5, 2017

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